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this is bbc news... the headlines... looking for answers — families of the eight victims killed in the london bridge and borough market attacks pay tribute to their loved ones on the first day of an inquest into their deaths. three years after voting to leave the eu — the government concedes the uk's participation in the european parliamentary elections can't now be avoided — because of the deadlock over brexit. paul lamb wants the right to end his life at the time of his choosing — he's desperate after 30 years paralysed and in pain. reunited with their families — the journalists jailed in myanmar for investigating the brutal suppression of rohynga muslims.
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a smile from the queen, and delight from other members of the family following the announcement of the new royal baby. i'm very pleased and welcome my brother to the sleep deprivation society that is parenting. so, yeah, that'll be fun. good evening and welcome to bbc news. it's the first day of the inquest into the deaths that followed the attack at london bridge and nearby borough market two years ago. the families of the eight victims — many of them visitors to britain — have been paying emotional tribute to their loved ones. in his opening remarks the coroner spoke of how lives had been torn apart injust ten minutes. our home affairs correspondent
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daniel sandford reports from the old bailey where the inquest is taking place. it was earlyjune, 2017. saturday night. central london was enduring the third major attack on the uk that year. what the chief coroner called today "less then ten minutes of high and terrible drama". arriving at the old bailey this morning, the families of the eight people killed. they came from all over the world — london, france, canada, australia — for the inquests, and were asked to pay tribute to their lost relatives. the father of james mcmullan, the only british victim, told the court, "his personality was magnetic. he was funny, he was charming, he was clever, he was unique." xavier thomas‘ father, philippe pesez, said, "he still had so much to give.
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barbarians who, in no way can be described as human, took his life." kirsty boden, an australian nurse, was helping others when she was stabbed. her boyfriend, james hodder, said, "we are so unspeakably proud of her and not a day goes by that we are not in awe of her bravery that night." the court heard that chrissy archibald had just kissed her boyfriend when she was struck. alexandre pigeard was a music—loving waiter and ignacio echeverria was hitting the attackers with his skateboard when he was stabbed to death. sebastien belanger‘s mother said she couldn't forgive the men who killed him. australian tourist sara zelenak was on the trip of a lifetime. her mother spoke outside court. we have never had anyone die from a terror attack in...where we live, in the redlands, and a black cloud went over our town. people are absolutely devastated because this only happens on the other side of the world on tv. hanging over the proceedings is the knowledge that khuram butt, who led the murderous assault,
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had long been on an mi5 list of men suspected of planning attacks. the families of the eight people who died that night were looking to these inquests for answers as to how it was that a man who was so well known to mi5 was able to organise the attack, and how it was that barriers like these, which would have protected pedestrians, still hadn't been installed here more than ten weeks after the westminster bridge attack. but the inquests will also hear details of acts of remarkable heroism by civilians and police officers that night. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the old bailey. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 and 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are deputy political editor of the guardian, rowena mason and editor
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of politics home, kevin schofield. the government has confirmed that european elections will now go ahead in two weeks. ministers had hoped that a compromise brexit deal would have been reached in talks with labour by now — that would have allowed the elections to be called off. the uk was due to leave the eu on 29th of march, but as no deal was agreed by parliament, the eu extended the deadline to 31 october. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. hackles up, territory to defend. it's notjust the prime minister's cat that's been holding the line on brexit. the lack of agreement so far means european elections will go ahead. we will be redoubling our efforts in talks with mps of all parties to try to make sure that the delay after that is as short as possible. ideally, we'd like to be in a situation where those meps
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from the uk never actually have to take their seats in the european parliament, and certainly to get this done and dusted by the summer recess. the way out could be talks with labour, marching to the table again in whitehall — sceptical there's much new on offer. the promise of a closer trade arrangement, a customs union for a while, is already available as part of the deal that has failed in parliament several times. i think the time has now come to a crunch time when the government's got to decide whether it's serious about significant changes capable of actually delivering a majority in the house of commons, and we're going to be pressing them hard on that this afternoon. both the big parties at westminster were spooked by grim local election results last week, worse than they had expected. both the leaders think there is some logic to doing a deal together. but for many of the tory eurosceptics who thought theresa may's deal was a copout, working with labour is even worse.
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we've got to deal with where we are, not where we'd like to be. it is incredibly difficult, but i don't think a customs union deal is going to deliver what we've promised. and does sitting down with labour make it easier or harder for theresa may to get this through, ultimately, do you think? i think it would make it easier to maybe get it through parliament, but if you're doing it with more labour votes than conservative ones, i don't know quite what that means for government afterwards. and that is exactly the problem for both sides. compromising might sound sensible, but there are plenty of tory mps — including ministers — who think a deal withjeremy corbyn would be worse than no deal at all. and on the labour side, there are many mps who think helping to push through brexit would be a huge mistake. helping the enemy in politics is rarely straightforward, but number ten does believe this is a process that could unstick the jam. tonight, a different message carrier will make the case on the continent that although we're leaving, we still want to be friends. but with unhappiness about her leadership, too, the prime minister also needs to concentrate on alliances at home. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster.
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and the deadline for registering to vote in the european elections is midnight tonight. there's information on how to do just that — and more — at the bbc news website. northern ireland's main political parties have begun fresh talks in a bid to restore power—sharing at stormont. the devolved government collapsed more than two years ago in a row over a green energy scheme. since then, attempts to overcome the differences between the democratic unionists and sinn fein have broken down. today's talks come in the wake of the murder of the journalist leera mckee. earlier we heard from our northern ireland correspondent, emma vardy. the death of lyra mckee‘s sparked a huge public commission here in northern ireland, which continues to be felt. this new mural in her memory created here in belfast, over the weekend and as well as the outpouring of grief and it brought
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increased public pressure on northern ireland politicians to resolve their differences. today we saw the resumption of power—sharing talks in over a year and in the days and weeks to come parties are going to have to thrash out those really divisive issues, which continue to separate the dup and sinn fein. meanwhile, of course a police investigation to find the gunmen, the knew ira gunman who killed lyra mckee continues and today, the head quarters of the dissident republic organisation in londonderry were raided by police. police said the group is a political voice for the new ira, the group itself says it had no involvement in the shooting. so as to whether that tragic event will actually bring any real political change for northern ireland remains to be seen, but there is increased momentum from the british and irish governments to try to bring the parties back together.
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tonn an attack on press freedom, have been freed. u wa lone and u kyaw soe 0o, who work for the reuters news agency — had been investigating the murders of ten rohingya muslims by government soldiers. ethnic violence against rohingyas in myanmar have forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. map)0ur correspondent nick beake was there when the journalists 0ur correspondent nick beake was there when the journalists were released in the city of yangon. they've endured 500 days in prison for exposing a massacre — now freedom. the outside world hailed them as heroes, but myanmar jailed them as traitors. the treatment of wa lone and kyaw soe 0o gained global media attention — the journalists imprisoned for doing theirjob. just a word in english today. i'm really happy now and i wanted to thank you for everyone who help
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us inside in the prison and also around the world, people who wishing to release us. so, i wanted to say thank you very much for everything. i'm very happy, excited to see my family and my colleagues and i can't wait to go to my newsroom 110w. this was the story they were covering — the rohingya crisis. their investigation forced myanmar‘s army to admit they murdered these ten men, but the journalists were jailed, as enemies of the state. this has been a traumatic time for the friends and family of the two reporters, but it's also had a chilling effect on fellow journalists here in myanmar and it also has raised big questions about the direction that aung san suu kyi is taking this country. the nobel peace prize winner's government has been accused of targeting otherjournalists, as well as democracy activists. until now, all international pressure to release the reuters pair has been resisted.
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ministerjust a word for the bbc, why have you decided to free wa lone and soe 0o today? we got no explanation from this government minister. is this an admission that these two reporters committed no crime? tonight, thejournalists, who inadvertently became global icons of press freedom, finally embraced once again the roles they had been denied — husband and father. a british soldier has died after being trampled by an elephant while on an anti—poaching operation in southern malawi. guardsman mathew talbot, who was serving on his first deployment with the 1st battalion coldstream guards, was helping to train park rangers in to tackle poaching. his commanding officer described him as "determined and big—hearted". tonight the defence secretary, penny mordaunt, paid her tribute
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to 22—year—old guardsman talbot. she says in a statement that... she went on... and added... a paralysed man who lives with what he calls excruciating pain has begun a fresh legal challenge to overturn the law that bans anyone helping another person to take their own life — at a time of their choosing. 63—year—old paul lamb from leeds lost a case at the supreme court in 2014, but argues that public and professional medical opinion on assisted dying have changed. our legal correspondent clive coleman reports on this latest chapter in the controversial issue
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of assisted dying. this was a young, fit paul lamb 30 years ago before he was paralysed from the neck down following a car crash. he now lives with constant pain and wants to be able to end his life at a time he chooses, but he'd need help, and the law criminalises assisting a suicide. when it's bad, it's like i've been smashed on the back of my neck with a bar. it's the worst thing in the world for somebody to say, you're going to be here for the rest of your life, and i'm going to make sure you're here for a lot of years. it somewhat can be construed as torture. in 2014, paul lost a case at the supreme court. two out of nine judges said they would have made a declaration that the current law on assisted
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suicide breaches human rights, but overall the court said parliament should reconsider the law — and soon. in 2015, amidst heated public debate, mps comprehensively rejected a bill that would have legalised assisted dying for the terminally ill who had less than six months to live. but paul lamb's case is different. though incurably suffering, he is not terminally ill, and he argues that, since his last challenge, more people favour legalising assisted dying. countries like canada have adopted it, the royal college of physicians has dropped its opposition, and parliament has failed to consider cases like his. but some see real danger to any change in the law. legalising it is going to be dangerous for us all and has to be resisted.
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it's resisted for able—bodied people, it's against the law to help somebody commit suicide, and it needs to be the same for us. some 50 british citizens a year travel to switzerland, which does allow assisted dying, to end their lives, but any medical professional here who helps risks prosecution for assisting a suicide — an offence with a maximum 14—year sentence. ijust don't really want to go out of this country to do it. ifeel like i'm being shoved out. it's an embarrassment to the country, getting out of the side door. no, no. paul's challenge is the next stage of the complex journey in deciding where the law should stand on the rights of those who wish to end their lives but need help to do so. clive coleman, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... looking for answers — families of the eight victims killed in the london bridge and borough
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market attacks pay tribute to their loved ones on the first day of an inquest into their deaths. as cross—party brexit talks continue, the government confirms european parliament elections will go ahead in the uk on the 23rd of may. a smile from the queen, and delight from other members of the family following the announcement of the new royal baby. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. gavin, can liverpool delete? straight to the champions league — where liverpool are hoping to overturn a three goal deficit against barcelona, in their quest to make a second final in a row. this is how it stands at anfield. 0ne now. the lead after the seven minutes, what a goalie could pick to be. doing well at this moment, very
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much holding barcelona for the moment. they need to keep the score alyssa —— know if they do want to keep it. they are at the attack at the moment. barcelona won both previous champions league visits against liverpool but they are unbeaten in 19 at home. liverpool missing star forwards mo salah and roberto firmino for this one. spurs travel to amsterdam tomorrow — for their semifinal against ajax. mauricio pochettino's lost 1—0 to their opponents at their new stadium last week. but the manager, feels it'll take something special, if the team are to win a first european cup. the champion league win, and the circumstance in the season, maybe i need to think a little bed, may be to do need to think a little bed, may be to d0 something different in the future. fresh air. because for this miracle of... you know...
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interesting. british number one kyle edmund has slipped to a fourth consecutive defeat, beaten by world number 12 fabio fognini at the madrid 0pen. edmund beat novak djokovic in last year's tournament but has since suffered a dip in form. he lost the first set to the italian 6—4. by contrast fognini is on a high, having overcome rafael nadal on his way to the monte carlo masters title. the tenth seed took the second set 6—3 to close out the match. joanna konta has been beaten in straight sets by simona halep. konta began strongly before fading to lose the first set 7—5. halep, the world number three and current french open champion, picked up where she left off in the second set, and the british number one lost it 6—1. england coach trevor bayliss feels batsman alex hales can come back to the team stronger and better than ever. hales was dropped from the world cup squad, after a reported second failed test for recreational drugs — but bayliss feels hales can still have a future with the side.
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definitely and that's certainly been relayed to do and it's not the end of the road, he is an important part of the road, he is an important part of this set up for the last number of this set up for the last number of years. there no reason why he can't be going forward. leeds rhinos have sacked head coach david furner after just 14 league games. furner took over during the winter, but leeds have struggled since his arrival. they are third —from—bottom of super league afterjust four league wins this season. richard agar will act as interim head coach until a permanent replacement is found. james haskell has announced that he's to retire from rugby union at the end of the season, after a fantastic 17 year career. haskell was capped 77 times by england winning 3 six nations titles — but has been plagued by injuries since joining northampton saints last year. the 34—year—old flanker spent most of his career with wasps, where he helped win the rugby champions cup in 2007. london irish have prepared for their return to the premiership next season, by signing fly—half paddyjackson
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from french club perpignan. it is just over a year since his contract with the irish rfu was terminated, after he was found not guilty of rape. he was sacked over text messages exchanged with teammate stuart 0lding which were revealed in court. he will be reunited with former ireland head coach declan kidney — who gave him his international debut in 2013. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at half past ten. still one now. police are continuing to question a 34—year—old man — who's been arrested over the abduction of two girls — and is being investigated for a string of other attacks around the country. joseph mccann was arrested in cheshire on sunday. he's being questioned over seven incidents across england, including the rain of an 11—year—old boy and a 71—year—old woman. detectives investigating the discovery of two women in a freezer in canning town
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in east london have identified the second victim. she's been named as henriett sooch — a hungarian national — who had been in the uk for several years. she was 34 years old. a statement from scotland yard said her next of kin have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place. a government—backed review says there is too much variation in why some pupils are excluded from schools in england. one of the recommendations of the study is that schools should remain accountable for pupils they expel, by including their exam results in league table rankings. frankie mccamley reports from grimsby on the reasons why children are being pushed out of mainstream schools. eight times ten. brody was excluded from mainstream school following poor attendance and behavioural issues.
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i would swear a lot, and i would shout things across the classroom, throw chairs around, didn't get my own way. but now, there's no point. you might as welljust get on, do your work and you get rewarded if you do. the small classroom sizes here help scarlett concentrate. i'm a lot, like, happier. i'm a different person. it makes me feel happy. they're now at a school for children in grimsby which provides specialist support. we see a lot of young people referred to us that are becoming more and more disaffected with education, in situations where young people are continually rejected. and, actually, their self—esteem is rock—bottom when theyjoin us. you know, when we're able to work with the families and the young person, we can achieve some really good successes, and some of those are returning to mainstream school. the government—backed review found it's some of the most vulnerable
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pupils most at risk of exclusion. 78% have special needs or receive free school meals. of those, only 4.5% gain good gcses in english and maths. and just over a third end up not in educational training. the majority of schools are well motivated to make good decisions on behalf of children who are struggling or are at risk of exclusion. but if we have aspects of the system which are making it easier for them to take that option, without really thinking through whether it really is the last resort for that child, then we've clearly not got the system working properly. schools are already being held to account for their academic performance. but what the report today is calling for is even more accountability when it comes to the children they exclude. heads, though, say they want to continue to step in and challenge bad behaviour in order to maintain a safe and productive environment.
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parents expect that their child goes to a school where their child is safe, where their child can learn and where learning is not routinely disrupted. the government is looking at how it can attract more high—quality staff to schools like this one, as it drafts new guidelines to create a more consistent approach to excluding pupils. frankie mccamley, bbc news, grimsby. let's talk more on this now with headteacher, colin scott whojoins me from catterick. that evening to you. what make of this and the recommendations that one of which is a schools should remaina one of which is a schools should remain a countable of her pupils bag speu remain a countable of her pupils bag spell is reflected in that table results ? spell is reflected in that table results? i think it's a positive step to try and support had teachers to understand that often ruling our
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children is not the answer to support children who are undergoing a number of challenges. have you excluded pupils from your school?” had done in the last academic year we had not though, what we try to get it is create a culture to make sure those young people we find learning in bait —— learning and mainstream school is difficult we try to teach them where that behaviour is wrong in giving consequences appropriate to them, that the same time keep them in school to to work on their because quite often they go home play on their games and not learned what behaviour is expected in school. how have you managed to do that when other schools are not? is a number of reasons, one is trying to i bought and change culture of the children and the staff to try and get them to a to work better
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together, and i'm blessed with a very good at teaching staff at our school who have risen to that challenge to support young people. similarly parents have been overwhelmingly supportive of what they try to do to work on the challenging behaviour, and i'm quite lucky in the sense that i had a set of schools to call upon to support young children to develop behaviours and a more positive way, is still challenging and they are difficult children to deal with, to answer one of the headlines and the peace before i came on, a lot of children who do disrupt lessons and sometimes do need to be removed from the lesson so others can get on and we still do that, but we try to give children consequence where we do not in isolation, but we send them to a classroom where the teacher who they have a more positive relationship
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with at the same time you bring an agency where you can like police or social services where we need to, but at the same time call upon schools and staff to work on behaviours so that hopefully we can turn them around. to look at it from the other side though, from kids who actually want to learn, is there a danger that too much focus is put on the disruptive and perhaps more challenging children, and not enough on those that are keen to buckle down basically. that the challenge, certainly in the school community, that i live in, the children are very accepting of each other, we all recognise the differences and they have taken on the system and it's working positively and if you speak to them themselves the children, they say the schools are, and this year than previous. collin scott, we've got to leave it there but good to talk to you, thank you.
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prince william has offered up some brotherly advice for harry about being a new parent — namely how to cope with the lack of sleep. the duke of cambridgejoined other members of the royal family in welcoming the arrival of baby sussex. it's understood the baby, whose name has yet to be announced, was born at the portland hospital in london. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. band plays. the message from far and wide — congratulations, played by the military band at windsor castle, relayed to the queen, accompanied today by the duke of edinburgh at an official lunch at the castle for members of the order of merit. and from the duke and duchess of cambridge, in greenwich... i'm very pleased and glad to welcome my brother to the sleep deprivation society that is parenting. no, i wish him all the best and i hope... i hope the next few days, they can settle down and enjoy having a newborn in the family and all thejoys that come with that.
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0utside windsor castle, some of the stalwarts who love to be involved in these events were entertaining the tourists and the media. all that was missing, really, was a sight of the sussexes and their sun. that will have to wait. harry and meghan have made it absolutely clear, since her pregnancy was announced, that this is one event in which they want to have control. and that determination to control the message has yielded several, well, oddities. it now appears that baby sussex was not born at home, as everyone was left to believe, but at this exclusive private hospital in central london. whether that was harry and meghan‘s plan all along is unclear. what is certain is that a baby's place of birth has to be recorded, by law, on its birth certificate. right now, what the sussexes may be more receptive to is a lullaby. this is the kingdom choir, which sang at their wedding, singing now as britain welcomes the latest member
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of its royal family. nicholas witchell, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell. good evening. we might have seen some sunshine across the uk today, but we had not seen much though in the way of warmth and we definitely will not tomorrow. we are staying in the chilly air for the rest of it this week and tomorrow is looking very wet and windy as well, potentially even wintery as we still have cold areas sitting across northern areas. scotland and this area of low pressure running up and bump into it. through the evening and overnight clad belts across england and wales and rain arrives and the wind will pick up. consequently, much milder night and last night still fresh scotland and then the white looking at a frost not as extensive as last night and not as sharp but nonetheless, chilly to start us on wednesday and then as promised, defined system starts
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to sweep its rain further north and we could see winter weather across scotland certainly in the early part of the day, it's going to feel biting particularly across eastern scotland and the north east england with the wind off the north sea channeling across essential belt of scotland, a brightens to the south later, but then look out for thunderstorms. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. looking for answers — families of the eight victims killed in the london bridge and borough market attacks pay tribute to their loved ones on the first day of an inquest into their deaths three years after voting to leave the eu — the government concedes the uk's participation in the european parliamentary elections can't now be avoided — because of the deadlock over brexit. paul lamb wants the right to end his life at the time of his choosing — he's desperate after thirty years paralysed and in pain
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reunited with their families — the journalists jailed in myanmar for investigating the brutal suppression of rohynga muslims a smile from the queen, and delight from other members of the family following the announcement of the new royal baby across the bbc today, we're looking at the challenges faced by coastal cities and towns in england and wales. it follows an official report last month which said they were in depserate need of regeneration after years of decline. the loss ofjob opportunities and poor housing can lead to social tensions. one such town is great yarmouth, on the norfolk coast. from there, sima kotecha has sent this report. golden sands and bright lights. but behind great yarmouth‘s seaside attractions are tensions and rumours. rumours that romanian migrants are trying to steal children.
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they are not true, but have left some in the community very upset. at least 4000 people from eastern europe live here, many of the romanians don't speak english, so we hired a translator. the rumours started on facebook earlier this year, thousands shared this post, alleging so—called gypsy foreigners have been trying to steal children, along with this plea, "please, please, please, don't take your children to great yarmouth." it quickly generated hundreds of inflammatory comments. the police contacted those suspected of being behind the false messages, to try and make them stop posting them. we have done a lot of work within hate crime within great yarmouth.
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we sensed pre and post brexit that there was this tension, and we felt we needed to address that. we have put things in place to make sure that we are constantly reviewing community tension within our town. from the dozens of people we have spoken to here in recent weeks, there is a real sense that even though different communities live along the same streets, they often don't mix, and that is a real source of tension. they can steal stuff. they'd steal a purse out of your bag quickly. lorraine has always lived here, and was once married to a romanian. should send them back. send them back? yes. to romania? yeah, just don't get on with them, don't like them. and i don't think they integrate with you, talk to you or anything. so, you've got, kind of, them and us. there will be people who will think what you are saying is discriminatory. no, i'm not discriminate against them at all. i'm discriminate against anybody. i'm not worried about people
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like you, i'm not, because, you know, my sister lives in london... and what do you mean when you said people like me? well, you know, there's loads of... like in london, there's loads of asian people, indian people, turkish people, do you know what i mean? there are loads of cultures. you know, they don't bother me. we can't even voice an opinion, because then you're being discriminatory against them. but some people like rosalia say it's wrong to make generalisations. it makes me sad, because they think all romanians are the same. it's not nice, you feel sad, because you know you are a good person, there are some good people, not all are bad. the attractions of yarmouth have long drawn people to work in the town and call it home. many hopefuls online rumours don't deepen the divisions here and across the country.
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as well as that report from sima kotecha, bbc presenter simon mccoy spent the day in great yarmouth meeting people from all across the community. he talked to one man, who owns and operates fair ground rides on the beach front and has witnessed the changes to the town for many years... now, this isn't something you do every day. this is michael cole, now michael, this is your snail, your snail ride. 70 years old this year. what have you seen changing great yarmouth in that time? well, i don't remember the whole 70 years, not now, but obviously my lifetime i can remember the late 60s, the end of the 70s, where yarmouth boomed and it was really, really busy. into the 80s, where it sort of declined a little bit into the 90s, but to be quite honest with you, the last three or four years i think there been a bit of a resurgence people coming here. particularly during the weekend.
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it is obviously seasonal, but you're depended on things like the weather. yes, the weather. the weather was absolutely perfect for us and the numbers of people were astounding, to be quite honest with you. we are now coming to the big dip. hold tight! you're enjoying this, aren't you? i thought i would. so, what about things like that? is that changing the feel of a town like this? i think it is to a degree, but we have always said industry i think it is to a degree, but we have always had industry here, the oil industry, and always think the wind technology is taking over from what the oil industry was doing, so there is a bit of the mix in yarmouth with tourism and industry. so house of lords says this needs to reinvent itself, do you think that's possible? to a point, yeah. i think there are certain elements of the time that can be reinvented, but i still think there
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is a hard—core traditional element of this that should stay. it is good to talk to you and thank you for a ride that i will never forget. you will never forget. and simon and the snail and before that the report from sima kotecha ispart of a series of bbc reports looking at the challenges and opportunities affecting ‘coastal britain'. and if you want to find out more about the series, details are available on the bbc news website at bbc.co.uk/news and finally take a look at some of the outfits on show at last night's met gala, one of the biggest fashion events of the year. the dress code was camp: model cara delevigne came in all the colours of the rainbow. while host lady gaga revealed no less than four changes of outfit... but actor billy porter stole the show with his theatrical nod to ancient egypt.
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he was carried aloft by 6 men before revealing a bejewelled catsuit complete with 10 foot wings and a 24 karat head dress. this report from as neda tawfik contains flashing images. the met gala always delivers over the top looks. but this year's theme — a celebration of the camp aesthetic — inspired some of the most extravaga nt fla m boya nt styles yet. lady gaga stole the spotlight early on. she took her time unveiling a total of four different outfits. 0n the met‘s steps, she gave a theatrical performance. well, lady gaga was the first to arrive. she's a co—chair of this year's met gala, and this theme is arguably made for her. she set the bar very high. some understood camp better than others. katy perry wore a 40lb chandelier.
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and bill porter dazzled in golden wings. camp is the art of being extra. i love that the term is getting respect again, because i think, you know, people have used it for a very long time now, as a pejorative, so it is nice to sort of be reclaiming this wonder of it. 0thers got a crash course in preparation. honestly, i didn't know what it meant, i thought it meant i was going to get to wear some boots, some walking shorts and a t—shirt, but when than they broke it down to me i said ok, give me the best pimp suit out of here. i didn't know how crazy people would be here today, but i was like i'm going to keep it a little more low—key. formula one racing driver lewis hamilton sported a black and metallic suit that took 1500 hours to make. accessorising, i love accessorising. ijust love diamonds, they say diamonds are a woman's best friend, but i disagree, i think it can be everyone's best friend. this year's playful theme made
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for a light—hearted red carpet. after all, camp means anything goes and the bigger the better. let's go to new york now, where we can talk to patrice peck, culture and entertainment writer at buzzfeed. but we so with camp, i have to ask you over the hits and misses as far as you're concerned. i would definitely say in terms of the hits, she sported a huge sculptural afro with the lot of black power afro heretics in her hair, there was also lena who wore a really powerful suit on the back which said, black drag queens invented camp and also, billy porter was saying, he comes from theatre, he is very familiar with
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theatre, he is very familiar with the ballroom scene because he is in polls, so he helped champion the whole camp aesthetic. did anyone not follow the dress code?” whole camp aesthetic. did anyone not follow the dress code? i will say there were a lot of men in black suits, which to me, is keeping it subtle, if you know what i mean. it was a little disappointing to see people not really go for it, but the people not really go for it, but the people who went for it killed it and i think, overall were very successful in sticking to the theme this year. patrice, is itjust me or is this less about fashion and more about celebrities competing with each others to see who can be more outrageous? well, it is one of the worlds biggest social events and so being seen and being broadcast around the world is a major part of it. however, as was demonstrated in
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this year's event, the celebrities in attendance make fashion state m e nts in attendance make fashion statements and a lot of political state m e nts statements and a lot of political statements are made. lena, she wore that blazer which was really paying tribute to black drag queens who had historically gone unrecognised by mainstream culture. in light of other celebrities also made it a point to make these very strong and powerful political statements in terms of expressing their identities and their cultures and their heritage, so i think it provided them with an awesome opportunity to performed. if your address and giant wigs, can you actually sit down and eat? a lot of people, katy perry, she actually change from her chandelier costjim into a hamburger
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costu me, chandelier costjim into a hamburger costume, so there are a few, but that go on, there are cocktail events and it is an opportunity for attendees to rub elbows with one another. but it is funny, lana, there is a story about how her purse actually got lost in her big proof the dress and charles melton, an actorfrom riverdale, had to help her search for the purse so it can get quite tricky with some of the more elaborate costumes. but overall, people really enjoyed this event. and they paid $35,000 a ticket. it really get to talk to you. thank you forjoining us on bbc news. thank you for having me. the headlines on bbc news. looking for answers — families of the eight victims killed in the london bridge and borough market attacks pay tribute to their loved ones on the first day of an inquest into their deaths
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as cross—party brexit talks continue, the government confirms european parliament elections will go ahead in the uk on the 23rd of may. a smile from the queen, and delight from other members of the family following the announcement of the new royal baby. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. well, let's get more now on the news that's emerged today that the 22—year—old soldier, guardsman mathew talbot, was killed by an elephant on anti—poaching patrol. it happened two days ago in the liwonde national park in southern malawi. a little earlier, my colleague shaun ley, spoke to our correspondent, james waterhouse, who spent some time with the british army's counter—poaching operation in malawi last year.
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what's now 120 british soldiers, he was working in this enormous national park in the south and over a week's cycle, he would've been out on patrol with one or possibly to local rangers and it would've been an exchange of information and skills. we were filming their for a documentary. the first part of the week, they were trained in how to engage, but once they are out in the bush which is a quiet expensive environment, the rangers would train the soldiers and their bush craft on how to potentially track animals and subsequently poachers. and in what sort of environment or the operating? it sounds like a kind of high pressure one? it is. but we underestimated was just how isolated it is. you see these reserves on tv.
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we did not appreciate, whilst massive, how controlled it is. there is an electrified fence around in the soldiers are armed. they have to make minimal noise. they are going out on patrol and not uttering a word to each other and they're looking for wind direction as well. you can be going for hours not actually speaking with the comrade you are working with. and they leave minimal trace. the three main species they are looking after our lions, black rhinos and elephants. the black rhinos, where the most hostile, very wary of humans, expert sense of smell, the elephants, they did to us, the dummy charge, so they drag theirfeet in did to us, the dummy charge, so they drag their feet in the soil and flail their ears to look intimidating and then charge if necessary , intimidating and then charge if necessary, what appears to have happened here is, the long grass played a factor. seven foot tall grass and he had come across a group of elephants and then they charged
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and then he lost his life. a woman who was orphaned at the age of 9 has been telling a public inquiry how both her parents died as a result of contaminated blood. lauren palmer's father — a haemophiliac — caught hiv through contaminated blood products and passed it on to his wife. lauren palmer's been speaking at the infected blood inquiry — which is investigating how the nhs gave thousands of patients contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson reports. lauren palmer is a brand—new baby born on christmas day 1983, the local newspaper took this photo of her with her mother and father, butjust nine years later both her parents died of aids. i do solemnly, sincerely... today, she told the public inquiry into infected blood, how herfather, a severe haemophiliac, caught the disease from the blood product, factor 8, he had been treated with and how her mother turned to drink when she
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was diagnosed with hiv. i remember being really, really scared because having your mother who you doted on, literally would follow her around the house like a shadow, she was literally everything to me. we were very close. she told the inquiry the impact of the infections was devastating. she had two brothers and they had been a loving family but the illness affected herfather‘s brain and he became violent. in 1993, both parents were admitted to hospital in oxford and died within eight days of each other. lauren was nine years old. she spoke of her heartache that she and her brothers were separated. not only did i lose my parents, i lost my brothers, who were the next closest thing to me. it would rip me apart every time
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i would go and visit them and have to come back. i would be grief stricken for weeks afterwards, after visiting them. it is estimated 5000 haemophiliacs and 30,000 blood transfusion patients were given hiv and hepatitis after the nhs treated them with infected blood in the 70s and 80s. the inquiry will examine how and why this was allowed to happen. but many, like lauren, who suffered as a result say they were abandoned by the authorities. we were not able to openly speak about it within the family. it was very much all brushed under the carpet. no one dared say anything. the inquiry will continue in london this week and travelled to belfast next to hear from more victims.
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the victoria derbyshire programme has revealed that west midlands police are investigating whether a video made by a ukip candidate in which he says he "might rape" labour mp jess phillips, breaks the law. carl benjamin, who is standing in the upcoming eu elections, sent her a tweet in 2016 saying: "i wouldn't even rape you" — then last week shared a video on youtube saying "with enough pressure" he "might cave". i realised i did what all women do in this situation, i've been putting a brave face on it and pretending that it was all fine and that i could cope and it sort of dawned on me that, for four years essentially, this man has made a career out of harassing me and i felt harassed. i felt like, how can somebody say that they would rate me if forced that they would rape me if forced and be a legitimate candidate in an election?
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is one thing we is just an idiot off the internet with a load of bros following him, it's a different thing when he's standing on the same platform that i'm standing on that he will potentially go to a parliament himself as an elected representative when he said these things and ijust cannot believe our system is so weak at the moment that that is allowed to happen. and when you got home, you did cry, didn't you? yeah, i mean i cried actually in the streets of birmingham city centre because i felt the enormous weight of years and years of abuse and i felt, it's not that i'm frightened of it being a credible threat to me, actually. i'm not fretting that anyone's going to hurt me. so you do not feel threatened for your physical safety? i can't live my life fearing for my physical safety otherwise i would do nothing and i really like living my life like a normal person. so i don't let that creep in very often. what i do fearfor his my mental health, actually, and this is essentially like coercive control. sometimes, i'd rathersomeone were to punch me in the face
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than the constant degradation that you suffer as a woman in the public eye. it is constant, it constantly belittles you, it makes you blame yourself and... you blame yourself? i blame myself for some of this. why? for this? for what he said in the video? i blame myself for accepting it for so long and for not doing more to try and stop it, actually. i blame myself for the past four years, not having changed directly the electoral commission rules that mean they are completely, their hands are tied in the situation because people like me in westminster didn't do enough to stop what is essentially the rise of fascism and i blame myself a little bit for that and i blame myself for putting a brave face on it and i know i shouldn't have and if i were talking to me, and i've talked to many, many people in this situation. your work before you became a politician, this is what you were talking to women about. i've said, don't blame yourself, don't be ridiculous. but unfortunately, we've all been conditioned and i've been conditioned as much as anybody else.
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as a cricketer he was known for targetting the world's best bowlers but now kevin pieterson is taking aim at rhino poachers. a new bbc podcast launches today following him as he tries to save the engandered mammals from extinction. 5 live's sarah brett went to meet him at his home in south africa. kevin pieterson, the maverick south african batsman who brought england to glory, but whose talent and temperament was the cause of constant controversy. he has retired now after all of the drama, relaxing at home in south africa. what happened in my england cricket career is so far gone from anything that i'm doing now in any walk of life that i'm in at the moment. i actually feel sorry for people that harbour things that happen such a long time ago. it is what it is, it happened and it's such a long time ago in my mind that i've forgotten.
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now, he says, he's got a new fight. trying to save the rhino in south africa from the scourge of illegal poaching. ray are killed for their horn, which reaches thousands of dollars in the black market. an irresistible target and areas of poverty. in areas of poverty. the poachers are persistent. they scrambled through the vastness of the african bush to hunt their prey. 0ften walking for days to reach it. and it all leads to scenes like this. a rhino, a mother, killed just days ago. shot by poachers. its calf also killed. we've come here to see it for ourselves, front line in the blood he war against poaching. and what we found was that it's increasingly an inside job. because even though supposed to be protecting the rhinos can be helping the gangs that kill them. critically endangered species, they need all the help they can get.
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it pains me, it hurts me, and emotionally, it really affects me. we are not the ones that are being killed. those animals are being killed. they do not deserve it. they are an iconic species in africa, they represent and symbolise what is so good about this continent and i want to save them. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell. did evening it is the first week of may and it is very chilly. hang on there, next week we should be looking at some warmer weather once again. the next 24 hours, it will be the weather but this area of low pressure rolling in from the atlantic. we will see pretty much all of england and wales getting off toa all of england and wales getting off to a wet start with the cloud piling and and the rain through the evening
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through south wales. and as a consequence 01’ through south wales. and as a consequence or england and wales, the first thing on wednesday, the clear skies and the risk of frost across the northern half of the country, not quite as sharp but we go down to —6. however, plenty of cold air across scotland to the north on wednesday as the rain pushes from the south and we could see something wintry for a time. very strong and cold winds off the north sea is the weather front roles north and it will be biting across eastern scotland on wednesday and the winds particularly gusty to the belt of scotland. dodging some the worst of the wet weather, the east of england is looking pretty soggy, some sunny spells but look out for some sunny spells but look out for some heavy thundershowers on wednesday afternoon. so basically that low bringing us almost every type of weather but the kitchen sink on wednesday. it will start to pull out in the north sea by the tail and
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remains across the northern half of the uk, still plenty of cloud around, wet weather and some wintry weather and the scottish mountains as well, but still disappointing temperatures that are nagging like the northerly wind on half of the uk. 15 degrees with some sunshine, but it should still feel reasonable. the pictures us to improve significantly as it goes out to the north sea, but the wind will start to become lighter and we should see more the way of sunshine. temperature is still lagging, i think it is below average for the time of year. but come the weekend, high pressure is going to start to build across the uk, a slow start but by the time we get to the middle of next week, many of us could be looking at the high teens in the low 20s.
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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is 0utside source. three years after voting to leave the eu, britain will be taking part in the european elections. voters will have to choose new representatives in europe, because the british government has run out of time to sort brexit before the vote. ideally, we would like to be in a situation where that is from the uk never have to take seats in the european parliament. meanwhile talks on a compromise brexit deal between labour and the government restarted with low expectations on both sides, we'll bring you all the analysis. some good news out of myanmar, two reuters journalists are freed, after 500 days injail linked to their reporting on an atrocity.

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